This Day In Baseball July 28
Debuts, Milestones, No Hitters, Rule Changes, Events, Birthdays, Deaths, and more on This Day In Baseball.
July 28, 2006, a statue is dedicated at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum honoring Hall of Famer Satchel Paige. The statue depicts Paige in his high leg kick, and celebrates the players in the Negro leagues and pre-Negro leagues eras.
July 28, 1994, Kenny Rogers of the Texas Rangers throws a perfect game against the California Angels. He becomes the first left-hander in American League history to toss a perfecto. Rogers strikes out eight batters in notching the 11th regular season perfect game in history – a 4-0 victory at the Ballpark at Arlington. Texas P Kenny Rogers hurls a perfect game, defeating the Angels, 4 – 0.
July 28, 1991, Dennis Martinez of the Expos tosses the 13th perfect game in major league history (excluding those of Harvey Haddix and Ernie Shore), setting down all 27 Dodgers to face him in a 2 – 0 win. Martinez strikes out five in the contest. C Ron Hassey becomes the first receiver to catch two perfectos, having been behind the plate for the Indians’ Len Barker’s masterpiece in 1981. Dodger infielder Alfredo Griffin goes 0 for 3 against Martinez, to go along with his 0 for 3 performance in Tom Browning’s perfect game in 1988, and 0 for 2 in Barker’s perfecto in 1981.
1971 Orioles 3B Brooks Robinson, a sixteen-time gold glove winner, commits three errors. Thanks to Frank Robinson’s ninth inning three-run walk-off home run off Rollie Fingers, the Orioles prevail and beat the A’s, 3 – 2.
July 28, 1969, Roy Campanella and Stan Musial join the legends of the Hall of Fame when they are inducted during a ceremony in Cooperstown. Catcher Campanella starred for the Brooklyn Dodgers, winning three Most Valuable Player Awards. Musial colleted 3,630 hits in a stellar career that included seven batting titles. Pitchers Stan Coveleski and Waite Hoyt are also inducted.
July 28, 1890, future Hall of Fame pitcher Mickey Welch wins the 300th game of his career. “Smiling Mickey” won 307 games in his career
Events for July 28
Walter Johnson’s recuperation from his operation from an infection behind the right ear seems complete as he pitches 15 innings against the Browns with neither team scoring. Washington pulls out a 2 – 1 victory in the 16th as Johnson strikes out 15, the Big Train’s highest strikeout total for his career. He will win 11 of his next 13 decisions.
1911 – Charles “Victory” Faust shows up at the Giants’ hotel in St. Louis asking for a tryout. Manager John McGraw observes the “pitcher,” who obviously is no player, and carries him on the team as an unofficial mascot and good luck charm. But the Giants lose to the Cards today, 5 – 2, with the help of five errors. McGraw will eventually let Faust pitch in a couple of meaningless games, after the pennant is secured.